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17:30 - 19:00 21 April 2016
From the Scopes trial of 1925 to battles over intelligent design 2015
Committee Room 1 |
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom
Prof. James W. Fraser, New York University
In this seminar Prof Fraser will introduce one of the most famous trials in American history, that of high school Biology teacher John T. Scopes who was convicted of teaching evolution in the public schools of Tennessee in 1925. As will be shown the trial raised a series of legal and cultural issues, which continue to have relevance to this day. Not only whether a state has the right to ban the core ideas of the biological sciences, but who has the right to decide a school’s curriculum, the free speech rights of teachers, and the place of passionately held religious beliefs in a nation’s public schools.
Prof Fraser will bring to the fore how these and other issues still resonate, and open discussion as to the implications of the American experience for school leaders in England, with reference to questions of “equal time” for intelligent design, how to teach the basic science of evolutionary Biology to students holding conservative religious views, and rights ofreligious minorities.
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